Russell Reece

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Brief Literary Bio

Since 2003, my stories, essays, and poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. My prose chapbook, The Mud Lake Trilogy was released in May 2014. I have received fellowships in literature from both the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. I have received three Best of the Net nominations.  I was a  finalist  in short-story in both the 2012 and 2015 William Faulkner/William Wisdom Creative Writing contests. I served as a fiction editor for The Fox Chase Review in 2014 and 2015.

I am a co-host of 2nd Saturday Poets in Wilmington, Delaware and a board member of The Delaware Literary Connection.  

I live near Bethel, Delaware in rural Sussex County along the beautiful Broad Creek

Fun Facts

I was born in Wilmington, Delaware and went to John Dickinson High School. I spent most summers of my early life in a remote part of Western Michigan on an abandoned boy's camp operated by my grandfather in the 1920's and 1930's. I served in the Navy's amphibious force during the Vietnam war. After leaving the service I  earned a BS degree from the University of Delaware. I worked for Avon Products, Perdue Farms and Playtex Products. In 2007 I retired from my position as Vice President and CIO at Playtex Products. 

I have two kids, Christy and Todd, who are the smartest and nicest people in the world. I built my own house, not with a contractor and checkbook but with a hammer and saw. I once raised chickens and pigs. I have a passion for fishing, especially fly-fishing in small streams. I like to hike in mountains. I like any kind of beer except Guinness. I like modernist, cubist, and impressionistic paintings from the 1900-1950's. I like to cook. I hate working-out but do most days so I can continue to eat all the things I like to cook. I enjoy woodworking and have built some of my own furniture. I like jazz, blues of any kind, old time American standards (e.g.: Jimmy Rogers), anything Leonard Cohen has ever done.  

I read a book a week and often find new authors I admire. Current favorites are: Alice Munro, Jim Harrison, Cormac McCarthy, Tobias Wolff. Favorite dead guys are: Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty. Unfortunately, new to that list: Elmore Leonard and  E. L. Doctorow. I am amazed by good poetry. I love Billy Collins' work and think Mary Oliver  knows something about life that no one else does. 

Favorite book  is To Kill a Mockingbird. Close runner-up is The Education of Little Tree.  

My goal is to be recognized as a good writer and get my work published the old-fashioned way. 


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